Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division


Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 6 May 1970


Entered service at: Fort Jackson, South Carolina


Born: 17 December 1948, Pickens, South Carolina




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company I, during operations against enemy forces. In the early morning hours L/Cpl. Howe and 2 other marines were occupying a defensive position in a sandy beach area fronted by bamboo thickets. Enemy sappers suddenly launched a grenade attack against the position, utilizing the cover of darkness to carry out their assault. Following the initial explosions of the grenades, L/Cpl. Howe and his 2 comrades moved to a more advantageous position in order to return suppressive fire. When an enemy grenade landed in their midst, L/Cpl. Howe immediately shouted a warning and then threw himself upon the deadly missile, thereby protecting the lives of the fellow marines. His heroic and selfless action was In keeping with the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He valiantly gave his life in the service of his country.


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Last name: HOWE

First name: JAMES DONNIE

Home of Record (official): LIBERTY

State (official): SC

Date of Birth: Friday, December 17, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


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Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 248846637

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311


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Start of Tour: Thursday, June 26, 1969

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, May 6, 1970

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Nam

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